October 23, 2018

Harry J. Pestrue

Died June 28, 2017


Harry John Pestrue, 78, of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of Standish and Mayville, passed away June 28, 2017, in Auburn, Wash.

Harry was born Dec. 23, 1938, in Omer to the late John and Helen Pestrue of Standish. He grew up in Standish, attending Standish HIgh School. After high school, he graduated from Michigan State University, becoming a teacher in North Branch, Gladwin, Manistee and Midland. While teaching, he obtained a master’s degree from Central Michigan University in guidance and counseling. After teaching and counseling for several years, Harry acquired certification in social work and worked as a hospital social worker in Tuscola County. At Hills & Dales General Hospital in Cass City, Harry was the United Way chairman and was on the Speakers Bureau. He was vice chairman of the Thumb Area Coalition of Human Service Providers, a member of Tuscola County Health Department Home Health Advisory Board and Tuscola Intermediate School District’s Health Occupation Advisory Board.

Preferring to be self-employed, Harry began a paint contracting company, which he continued until retirement. He liked to tinker with wood and steel, creating many useful tools for his working needs. He enjoyed the annual deer hunt and recreational work in his woodlot. As a young man he dreamed stories, which he submitted to Mad Magazine. As an older man he just dreamed dreams, as many of us do.

While at MSU, he married LouAnn Gordanier of Bentley, and together they had three children.

He is survived by children, Kevin of Coppell, Texas, Michael of Bedford, Texas, and Deborah Pestrue Early of Tacoma, Wash.; four grandchildren, Kayce Pestrue, Austin Pestrue, Ashley Pestrue and Veronica Mitchell; his first wife, LouAnn Sholty of Graham, Texas; his second wife, Harriett “Bonnie” Brissette Pestrue of Mayville; his siblings, Darell of Marietta, Ga., Hila Mae Dipman of Minneapolis, Minn., and Ruth Ann Tulloch of Standish; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 26, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Twining Baptist Church, Twining.


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